by PIRAO Chief, March 20, 2005
MIM's central task: "to create public opinion and the independent institutions of the oppressed to seize power."
|Statistic||February 2004||February 2005||% change (except where otherwise indicated)|
|Number of different computers MIM served***||47311||71827||+52%|
|Avg. MIM pages served per day***||3933||8531||+117%|
|MIM data transferred||111.4 megabytes/day||314.8 megabytes/day||+183%|
|MIM Notes (English) printed copies compared with pre-911=100||111||222|
|All language newspapers printed copies compared with pre-911=100||111||222|
|Number of top 53 cites of U.$/Kanada receiving at least 1000 MIM Notes**||8||11|
|MIM prison circulation averaged over two months Jan 2002=100||0||28|
|Number of Art page users||20023||9548||-52%|
|Number of different MIM web page files actively chosen from||4538||5559||+22%|
The last seven weeks have seen the best and most balanced MIM-led work, perhaps ever. The statistics for February showed that we reached record levels of readership on the website. We still fail to meet our Five Year Plan for the primary goal of readers, but we show an acceleration the past few months. In fact, for our second most important goal of files taken per day, we are ahead of our Five Year Plan with an annual growth rate of 117%. The only setback in February was in art.
The prison figures for February are down from January but only because of a small problem that delayed for a few days the prison work into March. Prison circulation is currently at record levels for MIM. Prison agitation on issues with people outside the walls advanced as always with MIM, as reported in MIM Notes.
February also saw a record set for the number of cities involved in MIM agitation work. MIM Notes distribution by geography reached record levels.
What makes the last seven weeks a particularly good record for MIM is that we added another campaign with the Ward Churchill issue. Often it seems we either do prison agitation or another issue. At this time, we are effectively agitating on both prison issues and the Ward Churchill issue. The most credit goes to the Edith Lagos Brigade for leading the way.
Of course we all want to see agitation work expand. It is the lifeblood of the party and its affiliated organizations, not to mention the lifeblood of any movement. Agitation without theoretical and infrastructural context becomes a flash-in-the-pan, so we are very happy to see the Ward Churchill campaign launch with literally gigabytes of MIM website material available in the background.
I am not in charge of agitation, but reporting numbers is my job, so here we have a supplemental report on the numbers of signatures gathered for Ward Churchill. The goal is not number of signatures of course, but number of signatures is one measure of what is going on, a fact worth knowing. The signature campaign is especially good for two reasons: 1) the political quality is on the offensive instead of just defending Ward Churchill; 2) we take out our petition having trained people to talk up the notion of "collective responsibility" used successfully at the end of World War II.
|College Park, MD||9|
|Great Lakes region||7|
|New Paltz, NY||101|
|San Francisco area/Bay Area||120+|
If anyone was excluded from the above table on Ward Churchill, write to [email protected] with more numbers.
Overall, the results were so good it seems likely that there will be a fall back at some point in the coming months as a matter of the dialectical twist-and-turn. This past seven weeks there was another stunning advance in distribution to add to the advances of the past that we did not expect and I do not refer to the numbers involved but the infrastructure and lessons learned. Again, the point is that if we keep struggling steadily, there may be an unexpected advance.